Theatre Courses

The following courses are available to University of La Verne students through the Theatre Arts Department.

THAR 100 – Introduction to Theatre Covers theatrical spaces, stage terminology, the origins of theatre, and beginning play and character analysis.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: AHFA Hum – Hist of Fine Arts, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEHa Literature, LVHU Humanities
THAR 110 – Acting for Anyone Covers acting theory and practice. Includes scene study, movement and voice dynamics, improvisation, and ensemble work.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 111 – Voice for Actors Draws on a variety of disciplinary approaches including Linklater, Lessac, and phonetics to aid students in developing the potential of their vocal instrument safely, with precision, clarity, and appropriate projection. May be repeated for credit.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 113 – Theatre, Acting, and Performance Covers fundamentals of theatre, acting, and performance. Culminates in a presentation or performance.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 115 – Contemporary Dance Instruction and experience in physical recreation skills. Classes meet two hours per week and are coed unless otherwise designated. Appropriate dress is to be provided by the students. Students can apply up to eight (8) semester hours of activity courses toward graduation. A course may be taken four times for credit toward graduation. Students may enroll in the same activity course more than four times, but without credit toward graduation. Not challengeable.
1.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 120 – Introduction to Stagecraft Covers scenic construction, painting, lighting, prop building, costume construction, and computer-aided drafting. Includes attendance at rehearsals and performances. Lab component required for grade. Not challengeable.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes:
ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
Corequisites: THAR 120L
THAR 120L – Stagecraft Production Lab 0.000 Credit Hours
Corequisites: THAR 120
THAR 199 – Independent Study Student-designed courses approved by a faculty member. Prior approval of goals, objectives, procedures, and assessment plan as directed in the Independent Study Manual is required. May be taken multiple times with a different topic for credit. Not challengeable.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit Hours
THAR 202 – Performance Art & Experimental Theatre Creates designed interactions of theatre, studio art, music, sculpture, movement, dance, and/or multimedia as site-specific events. Not challengeable.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, AHFA Hum – Hist of Fine Arts, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression, LVHU Humanities
THAR 210 – Acting Studio Continuation of 110, 113 or 200. Includes theatre games, plastiques, condition/impulse, play analysis for actors, semiotics, and scene work. Not challengeable.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 210L – Acting Studio Laboratory A companion laboratory for Acting Studio involving participatory exercises in movement, voice, personal skill development, movement analysis, and ensemble work.
0.000 Credit Hours
Corequisites: THAR 210
THAR 212 – Acting for the Camera I Covers techniques of acting for camera using television studio, video cameras, and review of taped monologues, scenes, and performances. May be taken three (3) times for credit.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 215 – Rehearsal and Performance Participation as actor or technician in main stage or studio productions. May be repeated.
1.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 220 – Stagecraft II PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR 120
Continuation of 120. Emphasizes advanced techniques, project initiation and supervision, and additional production responsibility.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
Corequisites: THAR 220L
THAR 220L – Stagecraft Lab II 0.000 Credit Hours
0.000 Lab hours
Corequisites: THAR 220
THAR 232 – Lighting Design I Introduces basic equipment, theory, and procedures in implementing theatrical lighting. Includes lab.
2.000 OR 3.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 233 – Introduction to Design for Stage and Studio Includes exercises in design, drawing, drafting, model construction, painting, lighting, and computer-aided design for stage and TV. Also Art 221 and TV 233.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 234 – Costume Design & Construction I Follows theory and practice of costume designer and costumer’s craft, from initial concept through construction to theatre stage or film set.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes:
GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 244 – Survey of World Drama Introduction to dramatic literature, from selected early plays to contemporary dramas.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: AHFA Hum – Hist of Fine Arts, LVHU Humanities
THAR 251 – Introduction to Theatrical Directing An introductory course in the art and craft of theatrical directing. Students will learn the director’s role in the theatrical production, including textual analysis and interpretation, staging, and collaboration with other theatre practitioners. Students will also gain practical experience in the direction of theatrical works for public performance. Not Challengeable.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 255 – Theatre and Stage Management Introduces arts management. Student works as stage manager or with production management team. Includes rehearsals and performances. May be repeated. Not challengeable.
1.000 OR 2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, UVLL Lifelong Learning
THAR 270 – Theatre Seminar Analyzes contemporary issues in theatre. Includes preparation for senior comprehensive exam and senior project. Must be taken at least twice by all theatre majors.
1.000 Credit Hours
THAR 299 – Independent Study Student-designed courses approved by a faculty member. Prior approval of goals, objectives, procedures, and assessment plan as directed in the Independent Study Manual is required. May be taken multiple times with a different topic for credit. Not challengeable.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit Hours
THAR 300 – Drama on Page and Stage PREREQUISITE: Completion of Written Communication B
Includes reading and discussion of plays at theaters, supplementary dramatic readings and criticism, and attendance at appropriate productions. May be repeated with different topics. Also ENG 344.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: AHLT Humanities – Literature, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEHa Literature, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, UVLL Lifelong Learning
THAR 310 – Advanced Acting Studio PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR 210
Continuation of 210. May be taken six times for credit. Not challengeable.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
Corequisites: THAR 310L
THAR 310L – Advanced Acting Studio Laboratory A companion laboratory for Advanced Acting Studio involving exercises in movement, voice, personal skill development, movement analysis, and ensemble work.
0.000 Credit Hours
Corequisites: THAR 310
THAR 311 – Oral Communication Practices impromptu and prepared speeches and interpretation of literature. Includes exercises in breathing, relaxation, voice projection, and articulation.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: CSOC Oral Communication, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVOC Oral Communication, GESE – Spoken Communication, UVLL Lifelong Learning
THAR 312 – Acting for the Camera II PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR/TV 212
Continuation of THAR 212. May be taken 3 times for credit. Also TV 312.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 314 –Auditioning and Cold Reading Trains the students to excel in the audition process through lecture, demonstrations, exercises, techniques of vocal production, analysis, character creation, interview, collaboration and effective personal presentation all in the context of a non-competitive learning environment. Students will prepare, evaluate and perform several audition pieces. Students will also practice the techniques of cold reading (reading new material aloud).
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 315 – Performance Performance work during January interterm. May be repeated twice. Not challengeable.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, INTD Interdisciplinary Thnkng
THAR 317 – Musical Theatre Explores musical theatre through performance both from the musical and theatrical standpoints. The student will study the history of the form as well as learn and experience the techniques and theories involved in the producation of music theatre. Not challengeable. Also MUS 311.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 320 – Stagecraft III PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR 220
Includes independent projects, construction, rigging, painting, and facing other technical problems related to mounting main stage and studio productions. Not challengeable.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 321 – Production Experience Students will perform backstage work by supporting pre-production (Sets, lights, costumes, props, etc.), performing as running during performances, attending strike (tear down of the show). Course meets primarily over a 4-6 week period during the pre-production phase and during performances of the term’s major production. Not Challengeable. This course may be taken six times for credit.
1.000 OR 2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 332 – Lighting Design II PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR/TV 232
Continuation of 232. Emphasizes theory for a variety of theatre spaces and equipment, document design, and organization.
3.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 333 – CAD Design Processes for Stage and Studio PREREQUISITE: Completion of ART 221 or THAR/TV 233
Continuation of 233. Includes design or design assistant work on studio and main stage productions. Also TV 333.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 334 – Costume Design PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR 234
Introduces students to the costume design process. It includes designing costumes as “paper projects” for plays. Students will be reading scripts, analyzing plays, researching time periods, creating concepts, and sketching. Techniques including figure drawing, painting and collage will be covered. Also, students will learn a brief survey of costume history.
2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 341 – Drama: Comedy PREREQUISITES: Written Communication A and Written Communication B
Readings in drama to discover how playwrights from the Greeks to the present have dealt with continuing concerns of life and theatrical presentation.
4.000 Credit Hours
THAR 351 – Directing Studio I Covers theory, practical exercises, and scenes, culminating in production of a one-act play.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 360 – Playwriting and Screenwriting I Produces work for performance on stage, radio, and TV. Also RDIO 351, and TV 351.
3.000 OR 4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 365 – Desktop Publishing for Theatre Covers writing and publishing programs, posters, publicity, and newsletters. May be repeated up to four times. Also ENG 315.
1.000 OR 2.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 370 – Theatre and Community The course emphasizes the use of theatre as a tool for social change and community activism. Involves development of theatrical works reflecting community issues; includes research, story collection, script writing, rehearsal, and performance.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression, UVCD Community & Diversity, UVCS Community Service
THAR 377 – Theater and Drama Instruction for Teachers This course is designed to provide the student with instruction in and observation of teaching practices in the field of theatre and drama. Students will gain insights into instructional methodology, lesson and unit planning, and assessment planning for the secondary drama classroom. Students will observe and study different instructional styles and theatre productions and activities with a focus on developing a curriculum, overcoming production problems and limitations, and community awareness. Also EDUC 377.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, Educational Studies Elective, BA Liberal Studies Elective, LVCE Creative Expression
THAR 399 – Independent Study Student-designed courses approved by a faculty member. Prior approval of goals, objectives, procedures, and assessment plan as directed in the Independent Study Manual is required. May be taken multiple times with a different topic for credit. Not challengeable.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit Hours
THAR 410 –The Power of Story Details development of performance material from original sources. May cover performance styles, solo or group work, and story pulling. Not challengeable.
3.000 OR 4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression, UVVO Values Orientation
THAR 440 – American Stage-Mirror of Society PREREQUISITE: Completion of Written Communication B
Studies plays that reflect America regionally, ethnically, spiritually, and aesthetically. Also ENG 440.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEHa Literature, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, UVLL Lifelong Learning, UVVO Values Orientation
THAR 443 – Twentieth-Century Drama PREREQUISITE: Completion of Written Communication B
Playwrights since Ibsen, with special attention to Shaw, Pirandello, O’Neill, Brecht, Miller, Becket, Anouilh, Ionesco, and Albee. Also ENG 443.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEHa Literature, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, UVLL Lifelong Learning, UVVO Values Orientation
THAR 445 – Masters of the Drama Studies one or more major playwrights such as Sophocles, Chekhov, Ibsen, or Brecht. May include staged production of a major work. May be repeated three times for credit. Also ENG 447. Not challengeable.
3.000 OR 4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEHa Literature, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, UVLL Lifelong Learning, UVVO Values Orientation
THAR 449 – Shakespeare Representative plays selected from the histories, tragedies, comedies, and tragicomedies. Also ENG 460.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes:
GEHa Literature, UVLL Lifelong Learning
THAR 451 – Directing Studio II PREREQUISITE: Completion of THAR 351
Analyzes, rehearses, and performs a full-length play for an audience. Requires instructor approval. Not challengeable.
3.000 OR 4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 460 – Playwriting and Screenwriting II PREREQUISITE: Completion of ENG 316, THAR 360, or RDIO/TV 351
Produces work for performance on stage or video. Not challengeable.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
THAR 480 – Cultural History of World Theatre I PREREQUISITE: Completion of Written Communication B
Analyzes development of world theatre, dramatic literature, criticism, and theory from ancient Greece to the 17th century.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEC2b World Civ & Cultures, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEHa Literature, UVCD Community & Diversity, UVLL Lifelong Learning
THAR 481 – Cultural History of World Theatre II PREREQUISITE: Completion of Written Communication B
Analyzes background of world theatre, dramatic literature, criticism, and theory from the 18th century to the present.
4.000 Credit Hours
Course Attributes: GEC2b World Civ & Cultures, GEFAa Fine Arts Hist & Apprec, GEHa Literature, UVCD Community & Diversity, UVLL Lifelong Learning
THAR 490 – Theatre Capstone Seminar Prepares students for capstone project in Theatre Arts. May be taken for letter grade only. Not challengeable.
1.000 TO 2.000 Credit Hours
THAR 498 – Theatre Internship Internship with professional theatre or producing organization.
2.000 TO 4.000 Credit Hours
THAR 499 – Senior Project Culminating activity required by majors in all departments. Papers/theses/projects researched, prepared, and written under the guidance of a faculty member. Comprehensive exams or recitals required in some departments. Academically, Students must be in Good Standing to enroll in 499. May be taken for letter grade only. Not challengeable.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit Hours